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Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0871540485
ISBN-10: 0871540487
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About the Author

LOUISE A. CAINKAR is assistant professor of sociology and social justice at Marquette University.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 325 pages
  • Publisher: CUP Services (July 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871540487
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871540485
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Homeland Insecurity" is that rare book that combines flawless scholarship with riveting human interest. Far from being a dry academic tome, Dr. Cainkar's landmark study humanizes the Arab- and Muslim-American post-9/11 experience. Her interviews with members of Chicagoland's Arab/Muslim community, based on long-cultivated relationships, result in a compelling look into daily life in this community after September 11, 2001. Dr. Cainkar's incisive analysis, especially in the sections relating to racialization and gender, will have the reader nodding in agreement...and amazement. This book clearly sets the standard in the field.
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This is a book everybody should read as it really tells the truth about Arabs and Muslims in America. I was closely involved in editing and transcribing interviews for the book and I know it is all done with love and devotion to our country. I am not an Arab or a Muslim myself but I feel that 99.9% of Muslim immigrants are patriotic citizens of the United States, as am I. I believe all Americans will realize that after reading this book.
Karyl Wade, Chicago
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Although Dr. Cainkar’s well-researched book was published some years ago, its findings are potently relevant today. Homeland Insecurity covers the period after 9/11, but really the author goes back decades to examine attitudes when Arab and Muslims began immigrating to the U.S. in large numbers. This immigration picked up remarkable after 1967. The nature of Arab immigration changed from largely Christian to largely Muslim. Cainkar’s study involved over 100 personal interview, making the work personal as well as academic. It was refreshing to read about a Palestinian American woman who started a law practice with a Jew.
Cainkar focuses on the Chicago area, which probably reflects the general attitudes of the country. One perplexing problem for both Arab and non-Arab is whether Arabs are white. Most non-Arabs believe they are not, which is not surprising, but many Arabs also believe they are not, even though they officially are. It can be argued that Pakistanis, who belong to the Indo-European group, are more white than those on the shores of the Mediterranean who belong to the Semitic group. Indeed, I have problems filling out a form when asked for race. I put white, but it doesn’t quite fit since white implies European to me.
Although the scope of this study does not pinpoint where negative attitudes about Muslims come from, I believe there is room for another study to probe this. Was there a conspiracy, a deliberate attempt to vilify Arabs or was it an organic process faced by all immigrant groups? Do news outlets and Hollywood mold a hatred for Arabs and Muslims? If so, is there anything different about this than about, for example, how Latinos are depicted?
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